You May Be Eligible for Crime
Victim's Compensation If Any of the Following Apply:
1. You are the victim of a crime who has sustained personal physical injury;
2. You are a victim of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree or a victim of a
kidnapping in the first or second degree (limited to loss of earnings and counseling
3. You are an elderly (60 or older) or disabled victim of a crime, who has suffered a loss
or damage to articles of essential personal property (limited to repair or replacement of
essential property to a maximum of $100, transportation expenses incurred for necessary
court appearances in connection with prosecution of a crime and counseling commenced
within one year);
4. You are the surviving spouse, parent, child or person dependent for your principal
support, upon the victim who dies as a result of a crime;
5. You are the person who has paid or incurred the burial expenses of an innocent victim
who dies as a direct result of a crime (limited to burial expenses only); or
6. You are a child victim (under 18) of or witness to a crime, or the child's parent,
guardian, or sibling.
7. You are the victim of the crime
of menacing, harassment, aggravated harassment or criminal contempt,
even if you were not physically injured. The compensation
covers loss of earnings or support, unreimbursed costs of repair or
replacement of lost, damaged or destroyed personal property,
unreimbursed costs of security devices, transportation expenses for
court appearances, unreimbursed costs of counseling and for
occupational or job training.
If you are eligible but under the age of 18 or incompetent, the
claim application may be filed on your behalf by a relative, guardian,
conservator, committee or attorney.
Compensation Benefits from the New York State
Victim's Compensation Board Include:
1. Expenses for medical or other related services not covered by
other insurance or benefit programs.
2. Lost earnings or loss of support up to $600 per week and up to a maximum of $30,000.
3. Burial expenses up to $6,000.
4. Occupational rehabilitation expenses.
5. Counseling expenses.
6. The cost of repair or replacement of essential personal property lost, damaged or
destroyed as a result of a crime up to $100.
7. Transportation expenses for necessary court appearances in connection with the
prosecution of a crime.
8. The cost of residing at or utilizing the services of a domestic violence shelter.
9. For a victim of a crime who has acted as a Good Samaritan, the cost of lost,
damaged, or destroyed property up to $5,000. (A victim of a crime acts as a Good Samaritan
when attempting to prevent a crime, lawfully apprehends the perpetrator of a crime, or
assists a police officer in making an arrest.)
10. The cost of reasonable burial expenses without regard to the financial difficulty
of the survivors when a police officer or firefighter dies from injuries received in the
line of duty as a direct result of a crime.